Nominations are being sought for a series of awards that aim to celebrate the hard work of healthcare support workers in the NHS.
Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health have announced the return of the Our Health Heroes Awards, following their introduction last year.
“We wanted to cast the net wider and give even more healthcare staff the recognition they deserve”
Iain Scott, an emergency care assistant at Berwick ambulance station, won the 2016 national award for Clinical Support Worker of the Year.
In addition, to the existing awards for clinical support worker of the year and operational services support worker of the year, the categories have been expanded this year.
This year, nominations are also being requested for an apprentice of the year, workforce planning team of the year and integrated team of the year.
Healthcare staff from across the UK can be nominated by line managers and colleagues via Skills for Health’s website.
Entrants will be shortlisted, then the national winners will either be chosen by public vote or by an expert panel, to be announced at the awards ceremony later this year.
John Rogers, chief executive at Skills for Health, said: “We are delighted to be bringing back the Our Health Heroes Awards for a second year.
“Last year, we rewarded support workers from across the UK but we wanted to cast the net wider and give even more healthcare staff the recognition they deserve,” she said.
“The calibre of entries last year was phenomenal so we’re really looking forward to seeing what this year has to offer,” she added.
“This year’s award is an example of the very best of our fantastic workforce”
Joining last year’s awards sponsor Unison, are Health Education England, the Open University, NHS England and NHS Improvement.
Sara Gorton, head of health at Unison, said: “The hard work and dedication of healthcare support staff goes unrecognised all too often. These awards are vital in showing just how much they’re valued.
“We are delighted to be involved again as sponsors of the clinical and operational support worker categories,” she said.
Ruth May, executive director of Nursing at NHS Improvement, said: “The NHS is filled to the brim with people who go above and beyond what is needed and it is thanks to our staff that patients, their families and the wider community continue to trust and rely on an incredible service.
“I am grateful to all who work hard to serve the NHS and this year’s award is an example of the very best of our fantastic workforce,” she added.
- The deadline for entries is 15 September, with the winners being announced at a ceremony on 21 November, at London’s OXO Tower.
- For more information on the awards or to nominate a health hero, visit the Skills for Health website.
Award for NHS support workers returns for second year
What are the awards categories?
Operational Services Support Worker of the Year, sponsored by Unison – The returning category will see 12 support workers shortlisted, one for each Unison region. Voting will then open to decide on two national winners.
Clinical Support Worker of the Year, sponsored by Unison – The returning category will see 12 support workers shortlisted, one for each Unison region. Voting will then open to decide on two national winners.
Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by the Open University – The first new category will reward healthcare apprentices from across the UK that have gone above and beyond in their role. Bronze, Silver and Gold awards will be presented at the ceremony.
Workforce Planning Team of the Year, sponsored by NHS England – Another new category will see teams commended for excellence in integrated workforce planning to address workforce and organisational issues. Bronze, Silver and Gold awards will be presented at the ceremony.
Integrated Team of the Year, sponsored by NHS Improvement – The last new category will celebrate one team that has worked seamlessly together to make sure they are always providing the best possible patient care. One outstanding integrated team will receive their award at the ceremony.